Austin-based Americana roots/blues singer-songwriter Guy Forsyth discusses issues like the spiritual nature of music and the social role of the musician, and the difficult economics for musicians in the internet age -- and in the massive Austin music scene today. And he performs four songs live on the show, accompanied by the other members of his trio, Jeff Botta and Nina Botta.
Forsyth has been a part of the Austin music scene for 20 years and has won numerous Austin Music Awards, including “best male vocalist” in 2005. The master of an array of instruments, including acoustic, electric, and slide guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and singing saw, Guy has been noted for his “gripping, powerful vocals that deliver energetic yarns about love, the government and the apocalypse.” Forsyth, who founded the raucous, irreverent, and highly theatrical Asylum Street Spankers in Austin in 1994, started out as a comic stuntman at renaissance festivals and as a street busker in New Orleans. He regularly tours in the United States and Europe, and has opened for and shared the stage with musicians such as BB King, Ray Charles, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Vaughn, Dr. John, and Robert Cray. Guy recently released a new studio album, The Freedom To Fail, on Blue Corn Music.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism oject, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 58:19.